Subject: Re: Do We Need a New Evangelist
From: Ben Laurie <>
Date: Fri, 02 Apr 1999 21:24:08 +0100

John Gilmore wrote:
> > However, my fundamental problem with OSI is becoming clearer to me: I am
> > being asked to endorse[1] a term that is controlled by a closed,
> > self-appointed group that I have no control over.
> That sounds a lot like the Free Software Foundation to me.  It's run
> by a small self-elected board, whose fundamental policy is to do
> whatever RMS wants.  (I'm not saying this is good or bad, just saying
> that it appears to be how the corporation is set up.)
> Ben, do you endorse the FSF?

The FSF have made it abundantly clear that they don't endorse me, and I
think that the term "free software" is sufficiently divorced from the
FSF to be independent of their stance.

> Or do you perhaps think you have control over RMS or the FSF?

That'd be the day. However, RMS and the FSF don't control the term "free
software". This is important, IMO.




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